Toddler Dies After Road-Rage Gunfire Hits Car, Little Rock Police Say

The J.C. Penney was reportedly 10 miles away. "It's just like our own little sisters and brothers, Lord", said Chris Carrigan with the Temple of Restoration church as he led the prayer.

Police said the victim was shot Saturday when the driver of another vehicle apparently became frustrated that the grandmother was not moving fast enough through a stop sign. It was raining, and King-Macon honked back while she waited for traffic to pass.

According to the report, she said she honked back at the angry motorist, prompting him to leave his vehicle and open fire.

The gunman fled the scene and remains at large, according to Little Rock Police, who have offered a $20,000 reward for information on the man, described as tall, black and in his 20s. "King-Macon and the other child were not injured in the shooting", according to a police report.

"My [grandson's] been shot!" his grandma, Kim King-Macon can be heard screaming in the background of the 911 recording. Acen King was transported to Arkansas Children's Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. The caller yells: 'Ma'am, do you know who did it?' It was only there that she discovered her grandson had been hit.

Saturday's death was the city's 40th homicide this year, police said. The woman continued driving to a local JCPenney department store, where police were called. A one-year-old baby was also in the vehicle.

Local pastors also asked the community to speak up if they know anything about the shooting.

The male suspect, who has not yet been caught, apparently became enraged because he believed the grandmother "wasn't moving fast enough at a stop sign", spokesman Lt. Steven McClanahan told the Associated Press. He made an appeal that anyone with information about the shooter contact police.

Police Chief Kenton Buckner said the road rage killings were frustrating for the police department and the community, especially because the young victims were "very innocent" and "can do very little to protect themselves".

In November, a two-year-old girl was killed while being driven by her mom, Shunta Johnson, 37, when the driver of a passing vehicle fired into it. "We can not have a community where the least protected among us, being infants, are dying (in) senseless crimes".

  • David Armstrong